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Spring Fashion Trends 2008: Goddess Gowns

We titled this trend "goddess gowns" for the sake of alliteration when, in fact, all sorts of one-shouldered draped dresses for day and night made their mark on the SS08 runways. The masterful dressmaker Monique Lhuillier delivered a celestial evening gown fit for a fete on Mount Olympus; Yigal Azrouël brought the look back down to earth with a breezy white asymmetrical frock; and Lanvin presented a modern-day toga for today's fashionista. Whether you've got a Spring gala to attend or are looking for something a little out-of-the ordinary for your next cocktail party, consider a one-shouldered dress - and invoke your inner goddess.

Marc Jacobs Striped Hudson Inspired Bag

When you're young, broke and fabulous, you don't need an authentic designer purse. Boys don't care what you carry. Neither do true friends. Your goal is looking cute, having fun and experimenting with new styles. You don't have the money, but then again, you don't really need it. See, you're livin' in the now. The here and now. You're not waiting until you turn old and gray and can actually afford some overpriced leather sac. It's not about instant gratification, it's about embracing who and where and what you are in life, right now, in this very moment. It's about playing dress-up, not climbing the social ladder.

So who are you? You're young, broke and fabulous. You're totin' your designer-inspired bag to the mall to meet friends. To the coffee shop to meet a cute boy. To the club where you just might spill a drink or two on it, or leave it in a cab later that night. In short, you're enjoying life. Because life is short, and at the end of the day, a purse is just an accessory, it neither defines nor delivers true happiness. So don't judge the girl with the knockoff.

Left: Marc Jacobs Striped Hudson Bag, $1,275.00
Right: Kenzington Satchel at, $29.80